Tuesday, June 7, 2016

QCCC Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

Time really flies. It is hard to believe that QCCC started off with its humble beginnings in 1991 and has continued to be a welcoming community for students. On June 5, we organised a 25th anniversary celebration at Angus Glen Community Centre and invited alumni and current members to reconnect and indulge in the festivities. 
Featuring the debut of our brand new QCCC banner!
Registration booth
Some of the activities that took place were mainly for nostalgic reasons as they have been QCCC traditions for many years. The Curtain Game, for instance, has been a traditional icebreaker for many of our Open Houses, and still proves to be an exciting way of getting people to know each other. Reverse charades, where one person guesses and everyone else acts out a phrase, and Broken Telephone Pictionary are the two other activities that have been in our activity repertoire for many years too.
Who's behind the curtain? 
Oh hi there. Do you know my name?
Broken telephone pictionary in progress. 
Reverse charades and modern technology intersect!
Mmm, lunch.
After a sumptuous lunch, the current executive members then gave a presentation updating alumni on the recent happenings and challenges that QCCC faces. We were also shown some old photos of how QCCC was like from 1995 to 1999, including how Newman House used to have carpeted floors and bright green wallpaper.

What's up QCCC?
No QCCC gathering is complete without a Singspiration session and we were blessed to have a gifted guitarist and fellow alumni to perform the instrumentals for us.

What about a massive cake and a group photo? We also had that in mind.
Group photo feat. New Banner. 
Ceremonial cake-slicing. 
Let's have some fun before eating the cake!
QCCC has been going strong for 25 years and we hope it will go strong for even more generations to come. What is in store for us in the future? Only time can tell.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Final Potluck - Not an April Fool's Joke!

Matthias' award-winning breakfast cupcakes. It got lots of likes on Instagram.
It's that time of the year again! No, not April Fool's Day, but last cell. As per the custom, QCCC had a potluck for the last cell of the school year and we were pleased to have several alumni as well as guests from last year's GT committee visit us. Father Raymond also dropped by to say hi, and Rita, the Chaplain at Joyceville Institution (where QCCC volunteers at) also visited.

Look that large array of mouthwatering dishes!
Along with the sumptuous food and social mingling, this was also the time to say goodbye to our graduating members. This year, there are two fresh graduates, Colin and Wendes (and technically Hilton, but he's staying for graduate studies). The rest of QCCC came together to perform a rendition of Maroon 5's "Daylight" with lyrics modified to suit the occasion.
Cha Gheill, Cha Gheill, Cha Gheill!
Not to mention, the two were pleased and overjoyed to receive painstakingly assembled and handcrafted scrapbooks containing photos, messages and cute puzzles.

Lastly, no potluck is complete without a series of group shorts, both formal and with shenanigans. Kudos to Terence's camera and remote!

Run-of-the-mill standard pose.
The signature sit with your back facing the camera and turn your
head around to tell the world that QCCC rocks your socks. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Church is a Mystery?

What is the Church? If you had to define “the Church” in a single sentence, what would you say? Is it an institution, a structure, a gathering, a community, a people? All of the above, and more? On February 26th, we learned about what the Church is through one Bishop Robert Barron's video's entitled "The Mystical Union of Christ and the Catholic Church." 

A brief snapshot of the video "The Mystical Union of Christ and the Catholic Church"

Afterwards we had a discussion focused around the importance of the Church in our own lives as well as for those around the world. We followed that up with discussions regarding how the Church was related to Jesus and how it differed from other organizations, its job and the relationship between the Church and God. We learnt that the Church was an organization linking like-minded individuals  and that the Church unified people with Christ in order to have their sins forgiven. And finally, we learnt that both God and the Church are one in order to unite people around the world in the faith.

We followed up the discussion with "Saintspiration" focused on Saint Salvator of Horta, who was previously a shoemaker before he decided to join the Franciscan Order, and learned more about his life through a short quiz.

Saint Salvator of Horta healing the sick with the Sign of the Cross.

Afterwards we ended the night off with an impromptu singspiration (featuring Youtube).

Friday, February 19, 2016

QCCC Goes to JU16 Retreat - Encounter!

QCCC's "delegates" to JU16 this  year. 
The JU Winter Retreat has been an annual tradition for as many years as we can remember. This year was no exception, when members of the the different CCCs gathered at Mill Stream Bible Camp over the Family Day weekend. This year's theme was "Encounter", and proved to be a dramatic departure from the lighthearted retreats of previous years. 

Throughout the retreat, we listened to five speakers chronicling their struggles in their relationship with God, many of which were sobering and tear-jerking. After each testimony was a session of whole-hearted discussion based on the topic of the testimony. Personally, it was gratifying to see everyone being so open and willing to share their thoughts and experiences, even if they were not the most pleasant. 
Fr. Toby Collins
Of course, every retreat has a guest speaker, and this year, it is no other than Father Toby Collins, a Resurrectionist who hails from Waterloo. He shared his life experiences and previous careers, relating them to the themes of this retreat, ultimately showing us that even priests are human in nature, and not infallible. 

Other staples of the retreat included the oh-so-wonderful Singspiration, led by LCCC, and Eucharistic Adoration. No retreat would be complete without either of these. 

With all the friends that we've made, and caught up with, we were all refreshed and ready to set out for the rest of reading week, having made a true Encounter with God. 
Big JU family photo

Saturday, December 5, 2015

All Wrapped Up for the Semester!

It's in December. It's an annual tradition. It's hosted by QCCC. What is it? It's Christmas Cell!
Partially eaten food. Whoops, forgot to take a picture right at the beginning.
As with previous years, we hosted a sumptuous potluck featuring dishes cooked and prepared by our own chefs, including the traditional secret recipe escargots. Father Raymond also came by to say hi, while watching us compete to win mystery gifts, varying from that of a dish sponge to a shower cap. 
Hi there, Father Raymond!

Fleeing after "stealing" a present. 
Another tradition at Christmas Cell is the Secret Santa, in which we had fun guessing the giver of gifts and admiring the uniqueness of the gifts given. This year's gifts included onesies, mugs, David's Tea, flasks and Chopin CDs.
Nice and warm onesie. We should've a onesie party for Secret Cell (heehee).
Mr Men mug - the colourful characters from those childhood books
are so nostalgic.
Note: That DSLR wasn't a gift. 
Chopin CDs!
For the first time in recent memory, we also had Christmas Caroling too!
The in-house guitarist.
Of course, we always end with group photos, so here are this year's ones.
The standard "formal" shot.
And the shenanigans shot. 
It has been a great [calendar] year QCCC! Here's cheers to another great year ahead, and for QCCC's upcoming 25th anniversary!

The QCCC '15-16 Team.